Where, oh where, to begin with this story about a South African grant just for girls who remain virgins:
“The bursaries are for young girls who are still virgins,” said a municipality spokesman, Jabulani Mkhonza.
“It’s a new category which the mayor has introduced this year,” he said, adding that the goal was to encourage “young girls to keep themselves pure and inactive from sexual activity and focus on their studies”. Beneficiaries of the grant would be subjected to regular virginity tests, he added.
“Those children who have been awarded bursaries will be checked whenever they come back for holidays. The bursary will be taken away if they lose their virginity,” said Mkhonza.
That tying poor girls' educational prospects to a grant shaped like a chastity belt is inhumane?
That virginity tests are bogus and a gross invasion of privacy?
That keeping girls safe and in school is better accomplished with sex ed?
That young women should get educational support regardless of sexual history?
That some of them have probably been raped and shamed over that?
That there's no comment on the value of boys staying celibate?
The good news: Women's groups are attacking the plan.